Cameron Bancroft out, James Pattinson in


The first Test against the Black Caps begins on Thursday week at Perth Stadium.

Australia will head into the series full of confidence, having claimed a 2-0 series win over Pakistan.

Selection chairman Trevor Hohns said on Tuesday he was delighted to have retained a strong squad.

“As we said prior to the Pakistan series, we are striving to maintain a core group of players. The performance of the team against Pakistan was very impressive across all areas, while there is always some room to improve,” he said.

“David Warner has been in exceptional form with the bat. The support he received from Joe Burns in Brisbane and Marnus Labuschagne in Adelaide was exactly what we had been asking for from the top order. They delivered, setting up both matches in what was an outstanding all-round performance.

“We are backing the current batting line-up to continue their form across the next three Tests. Whilst not a part of this squad, Cameron Bancroft remains one of the standby players. Similarly, depending on conditions, we reserve the right to add a player to the squad at any time during the series.

“Michael Neser and James Pattinson will continue as cover for Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood through the series. Michael will play for Queensland against New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield game at the SCG, as James did last week for Victoria.”

Squad: Tim Paine (c), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.



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